Women's Migration, Urban Poverty and Child Health in Rajasthan.


The paper is concerned with the high levels of infant and child illness and death amongst poor urban slum communities in Rajasthan, India. The research presented in this paper specifically focuses on the positive and negative roles of migration for the survival prospects of children in Rajasthan. A key point we make in the paper is that many poor people are forced to move on a regular and chronic basis and that this movement has both negative and positive consequences for their health and nutritional status. The paper examines the consequences of internal migration for women's reproductive experiences and for their children's health and is based on work between 2002-2004 carried out in two urban slums (basti) in Jaipur city, the capital of Rajasthan.

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Working Paper T-26, Development Research Centre onMigration, Globalisation and Poverty, Brighton, UK, 24 pp.

Women’s Migration, Urban Poverty and Child Health in Rajasthan.

Published 1 January 2008